Things Your Professors Neglect To Tell You

  • WIkipedia is actually a good place to START looking for information. Never use it for a source in your paper, but use it to narrow down what you want to talk about and quickly pick out subtopics.
  • No one knows how to use proper MLA or APA formatting. No one. Everyone uses the Purdue OWL and Easybib.com. Utilize these tools!
  • Dictionary.com and Thesaurus.com are your best friends.
  • You are allowed to use “Because” to start a sentence.
  • No one cares if you use big words or simple language. Using SAT words doesn’t impress a professor. Knowing how to arrange smaller words to make an important sentence does.
  • If you’re not sure about something, pretend you are. Fake it til you make it. Never write “I’m not sure but” or “I think” or “I believe.” Be assertive. Even if you’re not quite sure yet, write “X is Y” and stick to it as much as your evidence will let you.
  • You can write. I promise you can.